Elizabeth Dole on Social Security
Republican Sr Senator
Dole listened intently. I was in only my 2nd meeting with her after agreeing to serve as her general strategist, and I was pointing out that the position she had taken in the 2000 Republican presidential primary in favor of allowing younger workers to direct a portion of their payroll tax to private investments could be a vulnerability in a state where 26% of the voters on Election Day are 65 or older. "How wed to this position are you, Elizabeth?"
"Well, we can't do nothing," she said. "The system's going to go broke under current circumstances. Personal accounts are the best policy."
Proponents recommend voting YES because:
Perhaps the worst example of wasteful spending is when we take the taxes people pay for Social Security and, instead of saving them, we spend them on other things. Even worse than spending Social Security on other things is we do not count it as debt when we talk about the deficit every year. So using the Social Security money is actually a way to hide even more wasteful spending without counting it as debt. This Amendment would change that.
Opponents recommend voting NO because:
This amendment has a fatal flaw. It leaves the door open for private Social Security accounts by providing participants with the option of "pre-funding of at least some portion of future benefits."
The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security. The Alliance believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities.
The following ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
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